Georgia wildlife agency seeking reports of invasive lizards

Large Nonnative Lizard
Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-11 09:49:07-04

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's wildlife agency is asking residents to report sightings of an invasive lizard that can pose a threat to native species.

The Department of Natural Resources is trying to locate and remove South American tegus from Georgia before the lizards can thrive in greater numbers.

The black and white lizards can grow up to 4 feet long and weigh 10 pounds. The only known wild population of tegus in the state has been found in Toombs and Tattnall counties in southeast Georgia.

Tegus are commonly kept as pets. Wild populations have been found in South Carolina and Florida.